This week’s story about problems with pipe welding at the French nuclear plant being built at Flamanville could spell the end for the Hinkley C nuclear project. Treasury backed loan guarantees to build Hinkley C have been linked to a target date for commissioning of the Flamanville plant of the end of 2020. Yet the current target date of completion by the end of 2019 has been thrown in doubt by the freshly announced problems. The main focus of attention of this problem for Hinkley has simply been that the design of the Flamanville plant – the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) – is the same as that to be built at Hinkley C and that the engineering problems bode ill for the British scheme. That is right, but it is rather worse than this. The commercial issue is that if the French plant is not commercially operating by the end of 2020 then it seems the Treasury will not be able to give loan guarantees for the scheme. According to the analyst Professor Steve Thomas, the rules agreed between the European Commission and the British Government stipulate that ”until Flamanville 3 was in commercial service, there would be a cap on the guaranteed loans effectively meaning funding would be primarily through equity’.
Dave Toke’s Blog 20th April 2018 read more »
THE team building Hinkley C has scooped a construction award for its ‘consideration shown to the community’. The Hinkley Point C project team was presented with a Gold Award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2018 National Site Awards. The award was presented to representatives of EDF Energy and HPC contract partners Kier BAM and BYLOR at a ceremony held at Plaisterers Hall in London on Wednesday, April 18. Construction sites of many varying sizes entered the awards, which recognise the highest levels of consideration and care shown by those registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme towards their neighbourhoods, the general public, their workforce and the environment.
Somerset County Gazette 19th April 2018 read more »
WORK has now started on a multi-million pound road scheme which will help ease congestion in Bridgwater. The first turf was formally cut for the Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) today (Thursday, 19 April), kicking-off the £18.4m scheme that will include two new bridges, 840 metres of carriageway and new cycle and footways. As well as connecting Parrett Way to Marsh Lane to tackle congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway, the scheme will also provide access to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate from the south.
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